The world became a little less bright on the morning of September 17, 2017, when Milton (Mickey) Lawrence Clift passed away peacefully.
The world became a little less bright on the morning of September 17, 2017, when Milton (Mickey) Lawrence Clift passed away peacefully. Mickey’s journey began on November 24, 1929, when he was born to Ralph and Agnes Clift in Warwick, ND. Although he was raised during the Great Depression and money was scarce, love, guidance, conversation and humor were plentiful. Mickey and his siblings (Darlene and Cal) were raised on a farm within walking distance to both sets of grandparents as well as a bevy of Papachek and Clift aunts, uncles, and cousins. Mickey grew up with many adult role models that taught him the value of hard work and a strong moral character. He attributed much of his success throughout life to the lessons he learned on the farm in those formative years. Mickey attended Free Peoples School and Warwick High School in Warwick and was of the graduating class of 1947. Determined to continue his education, he attended the University of North Dakota where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and History while also being a proud member of the ROTC. Upon the completion of his degree, he joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. In December of 1953, Mickey married his long-time sweetheart, Rosemary Kampmann. After leaving the Army, he earned his master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Oregon in 1957. Shortly after, he was offered a position as a Social Studies Teacher at South High School in Bakersfield, CA, where he taught for 33 years. Mickey and his wife would spend the rest of their lives in Bakersfield, CA. However, they would make trips back to North Dakota to visit family and friends. Together Mickey and Rosemary had five children. Mickey was a life-long learner and enjoyed reading, teaching, story-telling and philosophical discussions. He instilled a love of learning and an appreciation of critical thought in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mickey is survived by his beloved sister, Darlene and her devoted husband Joe Marquart; children, Renee and husband Gene Kezirian, Pamela Clift, and Gregory Clift; grandchildren, Sarah-Marie, Matthew, Nichol, Satori, Courtney, Abraham, Gabriel, Katarina and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rosemary; daughter, Mary-Kay Clift-Thomas; son, Stephen Clift, brother, Calvin Clift; and parents Ralph and Agnes Clift. Mickey’s friends and family will miss his knack for story-telling and his gentle nature. Memorial contributions can be made to the Warwick Family Cemetery.